Atlanta, Georgia DUI 3rd Offense
Many people are afraid that because they are facing a DUI 3rd offense, their case will be much harder to represent than a first offense—however, this is certainly not the case. As with any crime, the prosecution is at a distinct disadvantage because they must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Your Atlanta DUI lawyer can work with a team of investigators in order to gather evidence that can poke holes in the prosecution’s case.
If you don’t fight your DUI 3rd offense, you could be sentenced to a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 15 days, although most judges will give you 30 days to 1 year in jail depending on the case. You may also be ordered to perform 240 hours of community service, pay large fines, and attend DUI School. Plus, the tags for any vehicle registered in your name will be confiscated and you will have to go through at least 17 weeks of alcohol rehabilitation.
The probation period for a DUI 3rd offense is at least 12 months, though this may be reduced by any jail time you have served. If you do not follow the terms of your probation, you could face increased penalties.
The license suspension for a 3rd offense is significantly longer than for a 2nd offense. Rather than having a 12-month period of hard suspension, you will be unable to drive at all for at least 24 months. After this period, you may then have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for a minimum of six months.
One of the more embarrassing aspects of an Atlanta, Georgia DUI 3rd offense is that you must pay for a notice to appear in your local newspaper that includes your name, photograph, address, and information about your drinking and driving arrest.
Attorney Lee Webb understands what is at stake when charged with a third DUI offense. Well-known in Metro Atlanta for his expertise in the field of DUI defense, Mr. Webb has an impressive track record of winning his clients’ cases or getting them reduced to a non-DUI offense.
For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case, please schedule an appointment with Mr. Webb today.